In this second book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H. C. Chester, four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past...before their past unravels them.
Four orphans with extraordinary abilities and questionable pasts—Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max—are happy to be out of harm’s way now that the notorious villain Nicholas Rattigan is halfway across the country in Chicago.
But the four are shocked when their beloved friend, famous sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich and powerful New York heiress, as well as to their own deepest and most dangerous secret.
This is the second book in the series and boasts many wondrous and mysterious things inside, such as:
- Howie, the “owl boy,” whose head turns just about all the way around
- A mean but important house cat
- Some perfectly ghastly wax sculptures
- A very thin boy named Chubby
- An awful mechanical leg
This book does not have:
- A cautionary tale about running with scissors
- A list of time-consuming chores
- Nutritious and decidedly not delicious vegetables
- A perfectly sweet bedtime story about a wayward bunny
- Two wet kisses on the cheek from your aunt Mildred
REVIEW BY: Michaela, age 11 years, 8 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
This book was pretty good, I didn't think it was as good as the first book. I was a little disappointed about that.
My favorite character is Pippa because she cares about her friends and does pretty much anything to help them.
My favorite part is when they get the note that says "soon my children," because that is when everything pretty much starts to happen and things get good. I feel bad for Mr. Rechstone though.
I cannot wait to read the third book in this series. RATTIGAN WILL DIE!!
I recommend this book to anyone who liked the first book, stories about orphans and fun things happening in books.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 13.
**This book's publishing date is May 3, 2016.